LAHORE - The matter of four Mayfair flats allegedly owned by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, remained as prominent matter at the Lahore High Court during the last week.

Justice Shahid Waheed of the LHC allowed a petition filed by Gohar Nawaz Sindhu of PTI to place details of Maryam Nawaz’s property on record of the pending petitions filed in wake of Panama leaks. 

The judge deferred further hearing for two weeks. PTI and many others had filed petitions against PM Nawaz Sharif’s family members for allegedly having offshore companies. Gohar Nawaz Sindhu had submitted that the documents obtained from British property registration authority confirmed ownership of Flats # 16, 16-A, 17 & 17-A in the name of Maryam Nawaz.

The petitioner-lawyer sought court’s permission to place the details of the Maryam’s flats on the record, which he was allowed. In the main petitions, the petitioners had made PM Nawaz Sharif, his two sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, former interior minister Rehman Malik, the election commission of Pakistan, NAB, FIA as respondents in his petition.

They had submitted that the top politicians including the Prime Minister were involved in transferring public money out of Pakistan and establishing offshore companies. They said that public money was invested in offshore companies and it was also not shifted abroad through any legal means. They asserted that these politicians concealed facts from the public and also did not disclose it while filing their nomination papers for parliament.

They said that after admission of Hussain Nawaz about existence of their companies outside Pakistan, PM should be declared as disqualified to hold top democratic office.

The petitioners requested the court to order to the NAB to hold inquiry of the Panama matter and fix responsibility. They also requested to declare Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other politicians as disqualified.

They further requested that Election Commission of Pakistan be directed to start inquiry against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing facts from the public while submitting nomination papers. They prayed that sons and daughter of PM should also be barred from contesting elections.

During the week, Justice Shahid Karim of LHC dismissed for being non maintainable a petition challenging raise in salaries of the members of the National Assembly. A citizen filed the petition through his counsel A K Dogar stating that the country’s economy was very poor.

The citizens had not basic health facilities and access to the quality of educations, he submitted. He also submitted that the foreign debt had reached billions of rupees. The laymen were suffering due to worst poverty and unemployment and were living pathetic life, the petitioner said.  He said the economic crisis of the country was increasing with every passing day.

In all these circumstances, the parliamentarians, instead of playing their due role in solving these problems, raised their own salaries which were already very high.

The raise in their salaries would be against the principles of of austerity and tantamount to discrimination of common man. He requested the court to set aside raise in salaries of the parliamentarians.

The LHC issued notice to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan  in a petition seeking action against the cricketer-turned-politician for making hateful speeches against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The judge sought reply from Imran and federal government till June 15.